Pasta is a food for all seasons and all reasons! In fact, it is one of the greatest things that ever happened to grains. Pasta has its origins in Asia and the Mediterranean. By the 1300s, pasta was recognized and prepared as a popular food and nutritional source, with a long shelf life, which made it a perfect food for ship voyages. Its growing popularity eventually made it a true American health food. Italian cooking is as much a solid fixture of American cuisine today as it was in the late 1800s and early 1900s when Italians emigrated from Italy.

The term pasta derives from the Latin “pasta” for “dough” or “pastry cake”, a mixture traditionally made of wheat dough and water, often combined with extra ingredients, including eggs, vegetables or vegetable extracts.

All of our pasta products, available in full 1-pound packages imported directly from Italy, are made of 100% Durum Wheat Semolina, insuring that genuine, satisfying taste of the old country. Durum wheat, a hard wheat high in protein and gluten, makes a dough that sticks together well and holds its shape, a feature so important to pasta makers.

Our imported pastas and full line of premium imported gourmet products, are the stuff that dreams, memorable meals and good times, are made of; satisfying and extraordinarily fitting for a king and queen and the average family, like ours, that has been raised on good-old fashioned, fresh, time-tested, quality Italian products.

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